Announcing Food Is Elementary Training in Kansas City!!

July 8, 2010

Experts agree healthy kids learn better. That’s why next month, Bistro Kids is sponsoring a Food Educator training with Dr. Antonia Demas, creator of the Food is Elementary curriculum. In this informative and inspiring two-day training, participants will learn how to implement the award-winning curriculum, which provides a framework for improving students’ health by teaching them about food, nutrition and cooking through dynamic multi-cultural lessons that fully engage their senses. Here are the details. Seating is limited so don’t wait!

August 11-12, 2010
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily
Crossroads Church, 7917 Main St, KCMO 64114
Registration Fee: $165 (Includes a copy of Food is Elementary by Antonia Demas)
College and Continuing Education credit information available at training
Lunch Provided On Thursday Only

To register, send this form with your payment to the address on the form: Food Educator Training Registration Form

How is Food is Elementary different from other nutrition education programs?

Food is Elementary does more than teach children about healthy eating – it improves their eating behaviors. Students learn basic food preparation and cooking skills in a way that engages their natural curiosity. It empowers them to make good food choices by providing accurate information about the link between food and disease prevention.

Food is Elementary is accessible and inclusive. Recipes use healthy commodity foods such as beans and whole grains, which are inexpensive for families and school nutrition providers. The program is designed to involve families and community partners through classroom teaching, school meals, community dinners, gardens, and collaborative mural projects. Respect, tolerance, compassion and other values are reinforced in each lesson.

Food is Elementary has demonstrated remarkable success in improving the physical and mental health of children. Documented results from research-based studies include:

  • The development of preference for fruits, vegetables and whole foods over processed foods
  • Reduced Body Mass Index and improved general health within weeks of educational intervention
  • A welcomed introduction of plant-based entrees into school lunch programs
  • Parents choosing healthier foods due to the influence of their children
  • Dramatic improvement in the behavior, mind set and academic performance of troubled teens

Food is Elementary is being taught in 2,000 across the country. Here are some real-life stories:

School Food Reform, One No-Bake Tart at a Time, The Atlantic, June 24, 2010

Food For Life Engages Senses in Baltimore Students, Baltimore Volunteerism Examiner, June 2, 2010

Teaching Young Students to Enjoy Nutritious School Meals, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 8, 2010

Food Education in Action, T. Colin Campbell Foundation Interviews on Plant-based Nutrition

Notes from the Field: Food Is Elementary, Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Pubic Health, Johns Hopkins University

The Lunchroom Chronicles: Can an irrepressible new Orleans chef put the food back into Baltimore school lunch? Urbanite Magazine, November 1, 2008


KC Urban Farms and Gardens Tour – Save the Dates!

April 28, 2009

The Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture presents the KC Urban Farms and Gardens Tour (Spectacular Spectacular is more like it – ten days of urban farm fun!). Plan to get out and learn about the benefits of urban food production, and to see for yourself all the amazing ways food is being grown in city neighborhoods.

Here’s a tentative schedule. I’m sure more specifics will be available as plans come together…

2009 Farms and Gardens Tour and Event Dates

Thursday, June 18, 6-8PM: Food From the City…For the City, KCMO Central Library: panel of urban farmers and gardeners highlight the variety of ways people grow food in the KC metro.

Saturday, June 20: Mini Market Tours @ Farmers’ Markets

Tuesday, June 23: Urban Foods Film Shorts @ All Souls UU Church

Wednesday June 24: Eat Out Local Night

Wednesday, June 24: Building Edible Cities: Urban Agriculture for Planning and Design Professionals

Friday, June 26: Bad Seed Market hosts daytime Urban Homesteading Class and “Funky Friday Night” Farmers Market, 4:30 – 9 PM

Saturday, June 27: Mini Market Tours @ Farmers’ Markets Other planned events: Harvest Meal – Bread of Life Church, Children and Youth Programs at area libraries, Starting an Urban Farm Class, Starting Community Gardens Class, Architecture & Urban Agriculture & Planning Program

Urban Farms & Gardens Tour: Sunday, June 28, 11am-5pm: Shawnee, KS, to Independence, MO, and many points in between will welcome visitors to tour farms and gardens. Day of the tour fun: children’s activities, live music, art, “Ask a Nutritionist¨ and more! Different types of farms and gardens will be featured on the tour, including:

  • Urban Farms… Feed the People– farms that grow food to feed others, selling direct to the community
  • Educational and Charitable Gardens… Sow the Seeds– farms that teach youth and adults how to grow their own food or that grow food to donate to the hungry
  • Community Gardens… Grow the Neighborhood– garden sites for the community
  • Home Gardens & Urban Homesteads… Feed the Family– a more intensive approach to feeding family and friends

Buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets! $5.00 per individual, $12.00 per family, Group rate for groups of 10 or more $3.00 each person.